Juventus confident they can fend off Barcelona’s interest in Pogba

Pavel Nedved confident that Juventus can fend off Barcelona's interest in Paul Pogba.

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Juventus director Pavel Nedved has admitted Barcelona and every other major club in Europe want to sign star midfielder Paul Pogba but defiantly pointed out that he remains under contract to the Serie A champions.

Since joining on a free transfer from Manchester United in 2012, Pogba has established himself as one of Juve’s stars and has been linked with a 100 million Euro move away from Turin this summer.

Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have been tracking the France international for some time but Barcelona is being increasingly talked up as a possible destination for the 22-year-old.

Nedved, though, is uninterested with the mounting speculation regarding a possible transfer to Camp Nou, pointing out that Pogba is bound to Juve until 2019.

"We know that Barcelona and other great clubs want him, but he has a contract with us," the Bianconeri board member told El Mundo Deportivo.

Pogba is currently out of action until May with a hamstring injury sustained in the Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund earlier this month. However, Nedved is in no doubt that Juventus can cope without its midfield dynamo, who has bagged seven goals in 22 Serie A appearances this term.

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"We lose a lot because of his absence," the Ballon d’Or winner stated. "He has great quality. But the rest of the squad know what they have to do to replace him."

Indeed, Nedved was quick to point out the France star is not the only exciting youngster in the Juve squad, with Alvaro Morata having been called up to the Spain squad after impressing in his debut season in Serie A following last summer’s move from Madrid.

"I like what he’s doing and I’m happy about his national team selection," the 42-year-old said. "He deserved it. He can become a world-class player and he’s also a great boy."

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